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raised of £20,000 target by 30 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,527 to sequence samoyed genes for diabetes research

    Funded on Sunday, 2nd July 2017

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    Treating a sammy with diabetes involves a life long care regime. It is never totally stable and can change from day to day and even from moment to moment. If we could locate the diabetes markers in sammies - we could identify those dogs which are at high risk of developing the disease and, over time, breed away from affected dogs and possibly put an end to a terrifying disease.

    What is the research?
    Simply put, the research involves sequencing genetic material (DNA) that has been collected from diabetic samoyeds, in order to find the genetic markers that indicates diabetes. This is party done by comparing the DNA against DNA collected from a breed that does not have the genetic predisposition - in this case Boxers.

    How much are we trying to raise?
    We need to raise money to do the sequencing - a total of £20,000 for four years research. For every £1,000 raised we can sequence an additional samoyed. The Research Council have already agreed to support a 4 year PhD studentship to commence in October 2017.

    Who will be doing the work?
    We are very lucky to have noted veterinary clinical research scientist, Professor Brian Catchpole, who, in collaboration with The Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, has been working with the breed for many years in this area. We were fortunate to have Professor Catchpole on The Samoyed Association at Crufts answering questions on his research.

    What can I do?
    - give us your money!
    - persuade your friends and family to give us THEIR money
    - hold fundraising events - at your local dog clubs, ringcraft, raffles etc
    - do a sponsored dog walk, cake bake or .... with the summer in mind ... lose weight for samoyed health!!!

    How can I donate?

    Through this page
    By cheque to The Samoyed Association, noting that the money is for Sequence a Sammy
    To any Samoyed Association committee member.



    • Liz Ballantine5 years ago
      Liz Ballantine

      Liz Ballantine

      5 years ago

      An update after the Association show last weekend. We raised a wonderful £139 from the raffle. Richard Jackson's sales of his delicious chocolates raised a further £110. Also The British Samoyed Club donated a stonking £1,000. All in all we banked £1,1499.52 this week in aid of the Sequence a Sammy. A fantastic thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. This brings our total raised so far to £3,656. Still a long way to go but a great effort so far. There will be so more items going on eBay this week so please watch out for them

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    • Liz Ballantine5 years ago
      Liz Ballantine

      Liz Ballantine

      5 years ago

      A huge thank you to everyone who supported our on line auction of a few things for the Sequence a Sammy campaign. We've raised £93 from that. In the meantime, if anyone has anything they would like to donate for us to sell in support of the campaign we would be hugely grateful. And thanks to all who have donated so far.

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    • Liz Ballantine5 years ago
      Liz Ballantine

      Liz Ballantine

      5 years ago

      Thank you all of you who have donated so far we are now up to £2,278 but still with a huge gap to fill. We have had some very generous donations but as you can see we still need more. If any of you have bright ideas for fund raising then please let me know. We have a limited time span to raise this money but anything will help.

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    • karen howlett

      karen howlett

      May 14, 2017

      good luck with the target , a worthy cause


    • Wendy Tate

      Wendy Tate

      May 1, 2017

      A well worthy cause. My sams are my world.


    • Hazel Fitgibbon

      Hazel Fitgibbon

      May 1, 2017

      I wish this initiative all the best.


    • Edinburgh & Dist Canine Club

      Edinburgh & Dist Canine Club

      Apr 17, 2017


    • Patricia Darrall

      Patricia Darrall

      Apr 15, 2017

      Wishing you lots of luck, I hope you reach your target.


    • Nicky Mullen

      Nicky Mullen

      Apr 14, 2017

      A cause close to my heart.

    • Christine Kenn

      Christine Kenn

      Apr 13, 2017

      Wishing you lots of luck in reaching your target. My first sam developed this horrible disease in his latter years.


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